23 February 2017 Starting Tomato Seeds (Black Krim)

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Five pots of black Krim tomato seeds were started. Last year seed was placed between two sheets of paper towel to confirm viability. Some innovations this year. Five pots are placed in a 23 liter bucket with a fan and a LED light. For now it is an experimental set-up. Main purpose is to see if large stem plants can be obtained. After the plants are established they will be accommodated in the greenhouse utilizing Sunlight.

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16 February 2017 Lentil Smoothie

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Lentils are readily sprouted in about three days. Soak 1/4 cup in water for 24 hours, place in sprouting basket and change water about twice per day and in three days the lentils sprout. Only small shoots are required to release nutrients. The sprouts are placed in a blender and mixed with juices into a smoothie. In this batch I used, mixed vegetable, tomato, apple, and concord grape. I drink about two glasses per day. A new batch is made every morning.Lentils were chosen due to being low cost, readily available, and they sprout readily. Other sprouts of choice may be used.

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11 February 2017 Sweet Potato Slips

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My sweet potato slips were started too early so they are being cut back as required and will be kept alive until planting time about the end or May. They have been touched by frost, since my greenhouse is not ideal as for temperature when the outside gets below about minus 10C. There is a heating mat under the pots.

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28 January 2017 Lentil Sprouts

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Lentils make convenient sprouts. Half a cup of raw seeds is processed into sprouts in three days. The finished product can be eaten raw, blended into a smoothie, stir fried, added to soups, and salads. Lentils are low cost, keep for long periods,and make a fresh vegetable item during the off season growing season.

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23 January 2017 Flowering Stage Start

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The plant is placed in the flowering stage by giving it light for 12 hours and then 12 hours of darkness. A commercial leaf bag was chosen with a pail inside in which the plant is placed. Apparently this process takes about six weeks to two months.

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23 January 2017 Sprouted Whole Wheat Bread.

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Four loaves about 1000 grams each were made using sprouted wheat and whole wheat flour for mixing. The wheat was Red Fife and it sprouted in 4 days. Sprouting is terminated when the sprouts appear, meaning there is no advantage in allowing the shoots to get long. The mixing flour was ground up grain not sprouted. The usual method is to dry and grind the sprouted grain, but I simply made a slurry and used ground whole wheat flour to modify for the bread making. Other ingredients were two tablespoons of salt, three teaspoons of yeast, three tablespoons of white sugar, and a quarter cup of sunflower oil.

The balled, kneaded dough was allowed to rise for about two hours until double in size, then shaped into four loaves and these were allowed to rise about one hour in the greased baking pans before baking at 350F for 45 minutes. Whole wheat bread does not rise as much as when made with lighter flour. This bread is all whole wheat, but not all sprouted whole wheat. I ingest one thick slice daily and a loaf lasts about on week.

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21 January 2017 Watering pots from bottom

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Plants are watered from the bottom by placing in a trough to soak up water. This tends to inhibit damping off. Also a small fan air is directed to the plants to gently rustle the leaves. This strengthens the stems and discourages the growth of mold.

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A container system was made for growing one marijuana plant to maturity. Two 23 liter plastic pails were modified to allow room for growing. The plastic was modified with a coping saw and a hot soldering iron. The lamp was made adjustable with a simple clamp on the cord. A convenient fan was installed for some air movement. Vent holes were burned around the periphery of the bottom pail for some fresh air. The lids of the pail were cut out to make a stable system. The plant pot can be easily removed for watering and maintenance. The system is self contained and can be moved easily.

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16 January 2017 First Month of Marijuana Plant Growth

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Home cultivation of marijuana plant growing. Procedure was trial and error and extracting information from the internet.
Three seeds were germinated by placing on a damp paper towel and placing in a warm temperature of about 25C. The seeds sprouted in three days.
The seeds were then planted in a plastic cup in homemade plant soil, which is used for all of my seedlings. In three to five days the seeds grew a long skinny plant.
To improve the plant artificial light a compact fluorescent lamp 60 watts full spectrum with a reflector was added in a five gallon bucket, with a fan to gently stir the plant. Light was applied 24 hours a day. The soil temperate was about 28C.The lamp generates little heat. When the plant began to perk up, it was placed in a larger pot. It appears to be thriving. The height of the lamp from the plant can be adjusted easily by tying back the electrical cord. It appears by some innovation that the plant can be matured by adding another 5 gallon pail on top of the existing set up. It is important to gently agitate growing seedling to strengthen the main stalk. But the most important variable is light. Sunlight is best but usually not sufficient in a Northern winter climate.

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1 January 2017 Sweet Potato Slips

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My six sweet potato slips are outgrowing their pots so were transplanted into a larger container. They were placed in the greenhouse. Establishing strong roots prior to planting in the outdoor garden improves production.

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